Thursday, June 28, 2018

Outline of June 2018 NCC-Mac Meeting

Announcements
If you're a new attendee, please give us your email address so you'll be able to get meeting announcements.
Some of Apple's software updated since our last meeting
macOS High Sierra 10.13.5 Update
The macOS High Sierra 10.13.5 update improves the stability, performance, and security of your Mac and is recommended for all users. 
This update adds support for Messages in iCloud, which lets you store messages with their attachments in iCloud and free up space on your Mac. To enable Messages in iCloud, go to Preferences in Messages, click Accounts, then select “Enable Messages in iCloud”.
For more detailed information about this update, please visit: https://support.apple.com/kb/HT208723.
For detailed information about the security content of this update, please visit: https://support.apple.com/kb/HT201222.
Safari 11.1.1
The Safari 11.1.1 update is recommended for all OS X El Capitan and Sierra users and contains bug fixes and security improvements.
For detailed information about the security content of this update, please visit: https://support.apple.com/kb/HT201222.
Security Update 2018.003
Security Update 2018-003 is recommended for all users and improved the security of OS X El Capitan and Sierra.
For more information about the security content of this update see https://support.apple.com/kb/HT201222.
Apple Support 2.3
Jun 12 '18
iOS Universal Utilities
What's New
• Added support for over 20 new countries and regions
• Find solutions in your preferred language, regardless of location
• Support now available in Czech, Danish, Finnish, Hungarian, Indonesian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, and Russian
• Performance improvements and bug fixes
Xcode 9.4.1
Jun 13 '18
Mac OS Developer Tools
What's New
Xcode 9.4.1 includes Swift 4.1 and SDKs for iOS 11.4, watchOS 4.3, tvOS 11.4, and macOS High Sierra 10.13.4
• Fixes a security issue in the included Git support and command-line tool
Pages 7.1
Jun 14 '18
Mac OS Productivity
What's New
• Track text changes in shapes and text boxes. 
• Add colors and images to backgrounds in page layout documents. 
• Give charts a new look with rounded corners on columns and bars.
• Add mathematical equations to page layout documents using LaTeX or MathML notation.
• Enhance your documents with a variety of new editable shapes.
• Improved support for Arabic and Hebrew.
Keynote 8.1
Jun 14 '18
Mac OS Productivity
What's New
• Add mathematical equations using LaTeX or MathML notation.
• Give charts a new look with rounded corners on columns and bars.
• Enhance your documents with a variety of new editable shapes.
• Improved compatibility with Microsoft PowerPoint.
• Improved support for Arabic and Hebrew.
Numbers 5.1
Jun 14 '18
Mac OS Productivity
What's New
• Give charts a new look with rounded corners on columns and bars.
• Add mathematical equations using LaTeX or MathML notation.
• Enhance your documents with a variety of new editable shapes.
• Improved compatibility with Microsoft Excel.
• Improved CSV and text import.
Pages 4.1
Jun 14 '18
iOS Universal Productivity
What's New
• Easily record, edit, and play audio directly on a page.
• Smart annotation marks now stretch and wrap to follow your text as you edit.
• Quickly switch between drawing and smart annotation modes on iPad.
• A new option in Settings > Pages lets you use Apple Pencil to select and scroll
• Track text changes in shapes and text boxes.
• Add colors and images to backgrounds in page layout documents. 
• Give charts a new look with rounded corners on columns and bars.
• Add mathematical equations to page layout documents using LaTeX or MathML notation.
• Enhance your documents with a variety of new editable shapes.
• Add gradient and image fills to shapes and text boxes.
• Easily browse templates by category.
• Save a different auto scroll speed per document when using presenter mode.
• Improved support for Arabic and Hebrew.
Keynote 4.1
Jun 14 '18
iOS Universal Productivity
What's New
• Edit existing or create new master slides.
• Easily record, edit, and play audio directly on a slide.
• A new option in Settings > Keynote lets you use Apple Pencil to select and scroll.
• Export a presentation as a movie or images.
• Give charts a new look with rounded corners on columns and bars.
• Add mathematical equations using LaTeX or MathML notation.
• Enhance your documents with a variety of new editable shapes.
• Add gradient and image fills to shapes and text boxes.
• Improved support for Arabic and Hebrew.
Numbers 4.1
Jun 14 '18
iOS Universal Productivity
What's New
• Easily record, edit, and play audio directly in a spreadsheet.
• A new option in Settings > Numbers lets you use Apple Pencil to select and scroll
• Give charts a new look with rounded corners on columns and bars.
• Add mathematical equations using LaTeX or MathML notation.
• Enhance your documents with a variety of new editable shapes.
• Add gradient and image fills to shapes and text boxes.
• Easily browse templates by category.
GarageBand 10.3
Jun 21 '18
Mac OS Music
What's New
• 2 new Drummers play Roots and Jazz-influenced brush styles
• Free downloadable Artist Lessons show you how to play hit songs on piano and guitar, taught by the artist who made them famous
• 1,000 new electronic and urban loops covering Reggaeton, Future Bass, and Chill Rap
• 400 animal, machine, and voice sound effects
• Play and record using traditional instruments from China and Japan with the Guzheng, Koto, and Taiko drums
• Add classic sounds to your song with 5 Vintage Mellotron patches
• Updates compatibility with GarageBand for iOS
• Includes stability improvements and bug fixes
iTunes Remote 4.4
Jun 26 '18
iOS Universal Entertainment
What's New
iTunes Remote has been updated to add support for iPhone X. This update also includes an all new look and feel on iPad and iPhone, in addition to stability and performance improvements. iTunes 12.7.5 is recommended for use with Remote 4.4.
GarageBand 10.3.1
Jun 28 '18
Mac OS Music
What's New
• Resolves an issue where third-party Audio Units and the PlatinumVerb plug-in could not be accessed
The next meeting will be held Thursday, July 26, 2018, 3:30 PM at the Langlois Library.
(subject to confirmation)
WWDC 2018
Q&A, General Discussion


Sunday, June 24, 2018

NCC-Mac June 2018 Meeting Announcement

The next meeting of the North Curry County Macintosh Users is Thursday, June 28, 3:30 PM at the Langlois Library.

This month's topic is "Late News from WWDC 2018." I also have a couple of proposals for future meeting topics.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

More Apple Updates

These Mac updates came out the day following the NCC-Mac meeting, so time to fire up App Store.app again:

macOS High Sierra 10.13.5 Update

The macOS High Sierra 10.13.5 update improves the stability, performance, and security of your Mac and is recommended for all users. 

This update adds support for Messages in iCloud, which lets you store messages with their attachments in iCloud and free up space on your Mac. To enable Messages in iCloud, go to Preferences in Messages, click Accounts, then select “Enable Messages in iCloud”.

For more detailed information about this update, please visit: https://support.apple.com/kb/HT208723.

For detailed information about the security content of this update, please visit: https://support.apple.com/kb/HT201222.

And for those of you still running OS X El Capitan or Sierra:

Safari 11.1.1

The Safari 11.1.1 update is recommended for all OS X El Capitan and Sierra users and contains bug fixes and security improvements.

For detailed information about the security content of this update, please visit: https://support.apple.com/kb/HT201222.

Security Update 2018.003

Security Update 2018-003 is recommended for all users and improved the security of OS X El Capitan and Sierra.


For more information about the security content of this update see https://support.apple.com/kb/HT201222.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Outline of May 2018 NCC-Mac Meeting

Announcements
If you're a new attendee, please give us your email address so you'll be able to get meeting announcements.
Some of Apple's software updated since our last meeting
Swift Playgrounds 2.1
Apr 30 '18
iOS iPad Education
What's New
• What's Next suggests other playgrounds to try based on your progress so far
• Support for macOS content caching to speed downloads in networks with multiple Swift Playgrounds users
Final Cut Pro 10.4.2
Apr 30 '18
Mac OS Video
What's New
• Fixes an issue in which selecting multiple clips using the Shift key or marquee selection could inadvertently select other clips in the timeline
• Fixes issues related to XML import and export
Pages 7.0.1
May 03 '18
Mac OS Productivity
What's New
This update contains stability and performance improvements.
Numbers 5.0.1
May 03 '18
Mac OS Productivity
What's New
This update contains stability and performance improvements.
Keynote 8.0.1
May 03 '18
Mac OS Productivity
What's New
This update contains stability and performance improvements.
Pages 4.0.1
May 03 '18
iOS Universal Productivity
What's New
This update contains stability and performance improvements.
Numbers 4.0.1
May 03 '18
iOS Universal Productivity
What's New
This update contains stability and performance improvements.
Keynote 4.0.1
May 03 '18
iOS Universal Productivity
What's New
This update contains stability and performance improvements.
Xcode 9.3.1
May 10 '18
Mac OS Developer Tools
What's New
Xcode 9.3.1 includes Swift 4.1 and SDKs for iOS 11.3, watchOS 4.3, tvOS 11.3, and macOS High Sierra 10.13.4
• Fixes an issue that caused Xcode to slow down when editing a playground
• Fixes an issue that could require the user to re-enter their Apple ID
iTunes U 3.6.1
May 17 '18
iOS Universal Education
What's New
This update includes minor stability improvements.
Clips 2.0.4
May 21 '18
iOS Universal Photography
What's New
• Soccer graphics including an animated sticker, plus a label and poster with customizable text
Xcode 9.4
May 29 '18
Mac OS Developer Tools
What's New
Xcode 9.4 includes Swift 4.1 and SDKs for iOS 11.4, watchOS 4.3, tvOS 11.4, and macOS High Sierra 10.13.4
• Adds support for the ClassKit framework in iOS 11.4
• Additional bug fixes and stability improvements
iOS 11.4
iOS 11.4 includes AirPlay 2 multi-room audio, support for HomePod stereo pairs, and Messages in iCloud. This update also includes bug fixes and improvements.
AirPlay 2
Control your home audio system and AirPlay 2-enabled speakers throughout your house
Play music at the same time on multiple AirPlay 2-enabled speakers in your house, all in sync
Control AirPlay 2-enabled speakers from Control Center, the Lock screen, or AirPlay controls within apps on your iPhone or iPad
Use your voice to control AirPlay 2-enabled speakers with Siri from your iPhone or iPad, HomePod, or Apple TV
Take a call or play a game on your iPhone or iPad without interrupting playback on your AirPlay 2-enabled speakers
 
HomePod stereo pair
This update supports setting up your HomePod stereo pair using your iPhone or iPad
HomePod pair automatically senses its location in the room and balances the sound based on the speakers' locations
Advanced beamforming provides wider soundstage than traditional stereo pair
HomePod will automatically update to support stereo pairs, unless auto updates are disabled in the Home app
 
Messages in iCloud
Store your messages, photos, and other attachments in iCloud and free up space on your devices
All your messages appear when you sign into a new device with the same iMessage account
When you delete messages and conversations they are instantly removed from all your devices
To turn on Messages in iCloud, enable Messages in iCloud settings (Settings > [your name] > iCloud)
Your conversations continue to be end-to-end encrypted
 
Other improvements and fixes
Enables teachers to assign their students reading activities in iBooks using the Schoolwork app
Fixes an issue where certain character sequences could cause Messages to crash
Addresses a Messages issue that could cause some messages to appear out of order
Addresses an issue that could prevent logging in or accessing files on Google Drive, Google Docs and Gmail in Safari
Fixes an issue that could prevent data syncing in Health
Fixes an issue that could prevent users from changing what apps can access Health data
Resolves an issue that could cause an app to appear in an incorrect location on the Home screen
Fixes an issue where CarPlay audio could become distorted
Fixes an issue where selecting music from your iPhone could fail when playing music over Bluetooth or when connected to USB on some vehicles
 
For information on the security content of Apple software updates, please visit this website: https://support.apple.com/kb/HT201222
tvOS 11.4
The tvOS 11.4 update, paired with iOS 11.4, introduces support for AirPlay 2 functionality. AirPlay 2 is designed to bring multi-room audio to the Apple ecosystem, allowing the same music to be played on multiple devices throughout the home. 
tvOS 11.4 turns the Apple TV into an AirPlay 2-compatible device that's listed in the Home app for HomeKit devices. AirPlay 2 playback can be controlled through the Apple TV, through an iOS device, or using Apple's personal assistant, Siri, to play content using voice commands. 
AirPlay 2 is limited to the Apple TV and the HomePod at the current time, but it will expand to additional audio devices in the future. 
tvOS 11.4 also introduces performance improvements, security enhancements, and bug fixes for issues that have been discovered since the release of tvOS 11.3.
watchOS 4.3.1
watchOS 4.3.1 is minor in scale, focusing primarily on bug fixes and other under-the-hood performance improvements, with no major feature changes discovered during the beta testing period. 
Prior to the release of watchOS 4.3.1, Apple stopped letting developers update Apple Watch apps built on the original watchOS 1 SDK. Starting with watchOS 4.3.1, you'll see an alert when launching a watchOS 1 app warning you that the app may not be compatible with future versions of watchOS. 
This warning suggests Apple will perhaps drop support for watchOS 1 apps entirely in the future, perhaps in the upcoming watchOS 5 update that Apple will unveil at the Worldwide Developers Conference in June.
iTunes 12.7.5
This update includes minor app and performance improvements.
Post Date: May 29, 2018
System Requirements
Hardware:
    • Mac computer with an Intel processor
    • To play 720p HD video, an iTunes LP, or iTunes Extras, a 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo or faster processor is required
    • To play 1080p HD video, a 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo or faster processor and 2GB of RAM is required
    • Screen resolution of 1024x768 or greater; 1280x800 or greater is required to play an iTunes LP or iTunes Extras
    • Internet connection to use Apple Music, the iTunes Store, and iTunes Extras
    • Apple combo drive or SuperDrive to create audio, MP3, or back-up CDs; some non-Apple CD-RW recorders may also work. Songs from the Apple Music catalog cannot be burned to a CD
Software:
    • OS X version 10.10.5 or later
    • 400MB of available disk space
    • Apple Music, iTunes Store, and iTunes Match availability may vary by country
    • Apple Music trial requires sign up
The next meeting will be held Thursday, June 28, 2018, 3:30 PM at the Langlois Library.
(subject to confirmation)
WWDC 2018
Whence Cometh All This?
Apps
Mac App Store, iOS App Store
In iOS don't forget Settings -> General -> Software Update
macupdate.com
DON'T DOWNLOAD FROM THIS SITE!
Tutorials
macmost.com
News & Tutorials
macrumors.com
macworld.com
maccast.com
tidbits.com
Q&A, General Discussion